Wireless carriers ask Obama to clear government spectrum bands below 3 GHz
The CTIA and carrier members serving more than 92% of U.S. wireless customers sent a letter to President Obama asking for his leadership to direct the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to clear unused and underutilized government spectrum bands below 3GHz.
The letter was signed by AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets President and CEO Ralph de la Vega; Cellcom President and CEO Patrick Riordan; Sprint President and CEO Dan Hesse; T-Mobile USA President and CEO Philipp Humm; U.S. Cellular President and CEO Mary Dillon; and Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead.
In the letter, the signatories ask President Obama to direct NTIA, which is responsible for managing the government’s spectrum holdings, to free cleared, paired and internationally-harmonized bands below 3GHz. To meet the important goals that were in President Obama’s Wireless Initiative and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Plan, access to spectrum in these bands is critical.